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Taoiseach fails to address issues arising from the O’Higgins Report – Adams

24 May, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil this afternoon, has said the Taoiseach has carried on from the Tánaiste’s refusal to answer questions last week and has failed to adequately address questions relating to the controversy surrounding the O’Higgins Report.

Teachta Adams said:

“The Taoiseach refuses to treat the Dáil with the respect it deserves by not answering questions.

“The Taoiseach did the same in the long run-in to the events which led to the unprecedented resignations of the Garda Commissioner, the confidential Garda recipient, the Justice Minister and Secretary General at the Department of Justice.

“When two Garda whistle-blowers raised concerns about practices in the upper echelons of the Gardaí, the whistle-blowers were smeared and bullied.

“Rationale propositions from Sinn Féin and others were ridiculed by Ministers, including the Taoiseach.

“After months of telling the Dáil there was nothing to see, the Taoiseach acted in an entirely unorthodox and unacceptable way. I said that at the time. 

“The Taoiseach or the Minister for Justice should have spoken to the Garda Commissioner about alleged instructions she gave to her legal team by now, and about whether two senior officers claimed that Sergeant McCabe admitted to them that he acted with malice.” 

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